KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A group of marine biologists caught a rare glimpse of false killer whales off the coast of the Big Island.
On Saturday, the research group spotted a pod of the whales swimming off the Kona Coast.
The group studying the endangered mammals say they haven't seen this pod in at least four years, and one of the whales in the pod hasn't been seen for nearly 30 years.
"It was an amazing experience," explains Lead Research Biologist Dr. Robin Baird. "It was an epic day, everyone on board was just overjoyed when we first encountered the animals, and that excitement lasted as long as we were able to stay with them."
There are only about 200 false killer whales in the Hawaiian Islands.
The research group tagged three of the whales and is currently tracking their movement around the islands.